Monday, September 22, 2014

Beautiful YORK, England- another incredibly cute town!

York is just awesomely cute!  It seems the world is intent on providing us with ever more cute towns that we can visit and enjoy.  I know I have over-done "cute", but seriously, these towns can't have any other description!  I have used "cute'" for Lecce, Italy; Bruge, Belgium; Heidelburg, Germany; all of Netherlands; and now YORK England.  Each of these towns are just incredibly nice: clean, beautiful architecture, small and easily toured, nice restaurants and hotels and of course cute shops with cute things to look at and maybe buy.  Cathedrals/cute churches are part of it, sometimes little rivers or canals and cute little bridges, and always little (or big, as in Bruge) squares you can sit at a restaurant and drink and people-watch.  But all are so very different!  Each has a different feel, of course different culture, different food and wine/beer; bu all have one thing in common: coffee and pastries!

York, though, is the English version of a cute town, with brick buildings, the largest g
Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, a river with bridges, good beer...You be the judge.  Me, I recommend going to all of them and just enjoying them.  The great thing about Yorks cathedral is that the interior was build with limestone, so it is very light and airy, unlike darkness that is Notre Dame.

Plus on this journey, we met up with Vince and Terry and Ben Coyle- Rich's in-laws!

Haunted Phone Booth!!!  Scary!!!!!!
York is steeped in history!  A Roman outpost, much of the city is built on top of ruins- the cathedral is built over a Roman fort, and the medieval city walls follow the old city roads;  then English, then the Vikings invaded and stayed for 300 years, then English again.  It is considered one of the most haunted cities in the world, so a ghost tour is a must.  The River Ouse runs thru it, and the boat ride is quire relaxing.  We stayed at the Old Grey Mare hotel- 250 years old, it has 104 sightings of ghosts- sadly, e didn't see any, but there was lots of creaking, but that was probably from the 250 year old wood!

Sadly, there was no sun- itwas a grey, cloudy time.  The filtered light sort of made everything a bit grey- so sorry- you can't see the great colors from my photos.

City view!  From almost anywhere in the city, you can see the towers of the Cathedral

 Inside!  As you can see, the interior is very bright- as if the light of God is everywhere

 Archangel Michael smoting a dragon!
Beautiful stained glass in the Cathedral
 St. Richard appeared before us!  We were in AWE!

 Another Cathedral view- the night lighting was really great!

 Cathedral view- it truly is beautiful!
 city view

Vince, Terry, and Ben Coyle were in Europe, so we met up in York- and later in Edinburgh!

City view
City view
All of us on the city wall- it is about 3 miles around!
 Cool gate to the city- anytime there is a wall, there is a gate!
City view

What is probably the most sad about this blog entry- we are now at the tail end of our trip.  We fly home on September 30, 2014.  Hard to believe that more than 6 months have passed.

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